Ohio Dominican University Welcomes New Director of the Center for Dominican Studies

Ohio Dominican University Welcomes New Director of the Center for Dominican Studies


Columbus, OH – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) is pleased to announce Sister Matthias “Mattie” Sterner, OP, as the new Director of the Center for Dominican Studies. 

Prior to coming to ODU, Sister Mattie spent 24 years in Ministry in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio.  During that time she served as Assistant Director of Religious Education in the Dayton area as well as Director of Media for the three Religious Education Centers in the Archdiocese.  She also spent nine years as Parish Ministry Center Director and Diocesan Director of Religious Education in Ministry in the Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio. 

She also has extensive experience as an educator.  Before moving into Adult Faith Formation and Teacher Certification, Sister Mattie’s teaching experience covered elementary grades through high school, as well as college.  

Sister Mattie earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Ohio Dominican University, where she also studied Home Economics.  She also earned a Master of Arts degree in Theology from the University of Dayton. 

Sister Mattie is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. 

She has co-authored multiple publications and has been recognized by several organizations including the Archdiocesan Catechetical Conference.  In 1992, she was named the Designated Religious Sister of the Year by The Knights of Columbus Council #4424 in Huber Heights, Ohio. 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private liberal arts institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 42 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.